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1:48 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Sees 9,400 Enrollees Leading Up To Friday Launch

Gov. Maggie Hassan at Lamprey Community Health Center in Nashua on Monday.
Gov. Maggie Hassan at Lamprey Community Health Center in Nashua on Monday.
Credit NHPR / Michael Brindley

Roughly 9,400 people have enrolled for coverage under the state’s Medicaid expansion program, which is set to launch Friday.

Since enrollment opened on July 1, nearly a fifth of the 50,000 low-income Granite Staters expected to qualify for coverage have successfully signed up.

Speaking at Lamprey Community Health Center in Nashua on Monday, Governor Maggie Hassan calls that a good start.

“In order to maximize benefits, we’re going to need to continue to work together to encourage people to apply. There will be other folks available today to make sure people understand the three easy ways to apply for coverage and who’s eligible for coverage.”

People earning up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $16,000 a year, are eligible.

In 2016, the newly enrolled will transition into the health insurance exchange, where they’ll select from private health care plans.

The federal government will cover the entire cost through 2017.